Following the Organizing over Time: Focus on the Concept of Compromise
Hussenot, Anthony (2010), Following the Organizing over Time: Focus on the Concept of Compromise, 3rd Latin American and European Meeting on Organization Studies (LAEMOS), 2010-04, Buenos Aires, Argentine
TypeCommunication / Conférence
Conference title3rd Latin American and European Meeting on Organization Studies (LAEMOS)
Conference cityBuenos Aires
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Abstract (EN)This paper deals with the concept of compromise in organization studies. The concept of compromise is often mobilized in discourses. Nevertheless, it seems difficult to comprehend this concept, while it can help us to enhance our understanding about organization structuring. The aim is to propose a conceptual framework in order to understand the shaping of compromise, and the roles of compromises in organization. The main contribution is in the understanding of concept of compromise both as a process and a state. Compromise also understands itself as an actant mobilized and redefined in practice by actors to mediate their interaction and coordinate themselves. Thus, compromise enables and constrains interaction because it carries on irreversibility in the organizational process. From a case study based on the development of an Information System for Human Resource Management in a bank during the financial crisis, I illustrate the conceptual framework, and I discuss three roles and effects of compromises in organizational process: the importance of the first compromise in organizational process, the compromise as an ongoing update equilibrium between concession and gift, and the materialization of compromise to objective modalities.
Subjects / Keywordscompromise; organizational process; coordination; Actor Network Theory
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